My 2015 Top 100 Dodgers prospects

Oh, hi there. It's been awhile. I just concluded my Top 100 Dodgers' prospect series over at Dodgers Digest. Here's a link to every entry in the series. Introduction 100-76 75-51 50-41 40-31 30-21 20-11 Top 10 I have also updated the sidebar with the new Top 10 (it links to the post at Dodgers Digest until we get the prospects page updated).The Dodgers' farm system is as strong as...
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February 06, 2015  |  Discuss

New Dodgers' front office shakes things up for the better

Well, next year's team is going to be a lot different from this year's. After the season ended, the Dodgers had a fairly long list of free agents and team options, none of whom they chose to pursue very hard.Hanley Ramirez obviously, but also Jamey Wright, Roberto Hernandez, Chad Billingsley, Kevin Correia, Paul Maholm, Chris Perez, Scott Elbert and Stephen Fife all walked...
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December 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Dodgers' chances against Cardinals in NLDS look good, mathematically

The long regular season is over, and it went more or less as I expected (more on that in the winter). Of course, the details and the heat of the moment are fun to watch and why I'm a fan, but when you take a step back you see it all more or less evened out and the teams with the most talent are pretty much the ones still playing in October.The Dodgers get the Cardinals in the first...
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September 30, 2014  |  Discuss

#MascotMania: The Battle for the Best MiLB Mascot

Lou E. Loon wants your vote!Remember the uproar from earlier this season about whether or not the Dodgers have an official mascot?Well, five of the Dodgers' minor league affiliates do have official mascots and Minor League Baseball is currently holding Mascot Mania, a contest to decide the best mascot in the minor leagues."Mascots are a big part of minor league baseball and it's...
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July 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Comparing the Value of Dodger Trade Targets

As the Dodgers look to acquire some help for the stretch run, and possibly set up the team for the next few years as well, an obvious question is what each possible acquisition would cost in terms of talent and money going out. We can use a similar framework to the one we used to look into the trade value of our outfielders. There, the question was just how much money would need...
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July 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Dodgers' OF negative trade value makes Joc Pederson more valuable

There's a certain cognitive dissonance a lot of baseball fans feel between the value to the team of players' on-field contributions (almost always positive) as compared to the value minus the cost (not necessarily positive).When considering possible trades, you're not trading for just the player -- you're also trading for the contract. In baseball, you can cut a guy, but the money...
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July 21, 2014  |  Discuss

A look at the trade market, and if the Dodgers should go all-in

In my last post, I discussed how I saw the Dodgers' chances going forward (hint: it's good). They have an excellent chance of getting to the playoffs. There are a few holes of course. Which team doesn't have a few holes?But the Dodgers' main concern at this point is really the postseason. Over the course of the regular season, total talent on the roster is a good predictor of success...
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July 17, 2014  |  1 Comment

Waking up to the Dodgers in first place

There's a reason major league baseball seasons are 162 games and not 62 games. Sixty two games are not enough for skill to dominate luck in the results. Just as a poker hand is largely luck, so is a baseball game. But if you play enough of either, it'll be clear who's got more skill.I took a look at the skill of each player on each roster and concluded the Dodgers ought to run...
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July 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Podcast: 'Dugout Blues' episode 85 - Kershaw, Puig, Hanley, prospects

On these episodes of "Dugout Blues," Jared Massey (Dodgers Nation) and I talk about Clayton Kershaw's no-hitter and the suddenly relevant (again) Dodgers.Kershaw threw the first no-hitter of his career, and Jared tried his best to keep it in his pants. Spoiler alert: he didn't.Yasiel Puig and Hanley Ramirez are battling injuries, and one or both of them might need to be placed on...
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June 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Podcast: 'Dugout Blues' episode 83 - Dodgers, MLB Draft review, prospects

On these episodes of "Dugout Blues," Jared Massey (Dodgers Nation) and I are joined by Chris Rodriguez of Baseball Prospectus to recap the 2014 MLB Draft and some Dodgers' prospects.Chris Anderson has been generally disappointing, and the Dodgers might be changing his mechanics. Julio Urias is still great, as is Corey Seager. Tom Windle still might be a reliever, but he's been solid...
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June 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Podcast: 'Dugout Blues' MLB Draft edition - Grant Holmes & Alex Verdugo

On these episodes of "Dugout Blues," Jared Massey (Dodgers Nation) and I recap the first two rounds of the 2014 MLB Draft -- Dodgers style.Listen as we debate who might or might not fall to the Dodgers at No. 22. Then, listen as we praise the selection of prep right-hander Grant Holmes. For the second round, I actually call the pick before it's made, and it was Arizona high schooler...
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June 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Dodgers' bullpen is a problem that needs to be addressed

The Dodger bullpen is a problem. That's not a secret, and it doesn't take a ton of analysis to figure out.The Dodgers' starting rotation has a 3.26 ERA, fourth-best in baseball. The Dodgers' relief pitchers have a 3.74 ERA, 18th-best in baseball. You could get into fancier stats -- perhaps more appropriate to the question, or that would help break it down as to why it's so. But all...
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June 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Shuffling deck chairs in the Dodgers' outfield, featuring Matt Kemp

Earlier this year, I questioned if the Dodgers defensive weakness up the middle would work out. I looked at it in terms of offsetting factors that could make it work -- having good corner defense and getting good offense from the defensively questionable middle. Plus, while I accepted the gloves up the middle would be bad, I thought they'd be bad within the range of Major League...
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May 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Podcast: 'Dugout Blues' episode 80 - Blessing, Arruebarrena, Guerrero

On this episode of "Dugout Blues," Jared Massey (Dodgers Nation) and I have special guest co-host Chris Blessing of in for a visit.I know, it's been awhile since I posted a podcast here. My apologies. I'm going to start doing it every week. You can also get to the podcast on Dodgers Digest via the "podcast" tab in the menu bar.Anyway, we talk a lot about Erisbel...
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May 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Dodgers' 3B situation: strained hamstring, bitten-off ear, mediocrity

Coming into the 2014 season, third base was a position of strength for the Los Angeles Dodgers at the major league level in addition to great promise for the future with the inevitable move of Corey Seager from shortstop to the hot corner.The same could not be said the last couple of seasons with the massive struggles of Juan Uribe, but following a 5-fWAR campaign, his excellent...
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May 21, 2014  |  Discuss

What must the Dodgers think of Alex Guerrero's defense?

With a monster weekend, Alex Guerrero has moved into the 1.100 OPS range at Triple-A Albuquerque. Word is that he is just not good enough in the field though to get a promotion. His defensive numbers are not that bad, so what are the Dodgers thinking? If you're thinking of the present only, clearly a Guerrero/Dee Gordon platoon is the best way to go, and send Chone Figgins back...
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May 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Exploring some trade ideas involving the Dodgers and their outfielders

The Dodgers outfield situation has gotten a lot clearer. There's Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp and everybody else. Scott Van Slyke is proving he can hit Major League pitching (really well) and is surprising everyone with his above-average defense. Joc Pederson continues to be the best-performing player in the minor leagues - he has a 1.125 OPS after 38 games in Triple-A, 11 stolen...
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May 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Dodgers still project to win NL West comfortably, despite slow start

Preseason, I felt confident the Dodgers would run away with the National League West. Partially because they have so much talent, and partially because nobody else does. But the Giants and Rockies are off to great starts, the Dodgers are showing some holes and the Dodgers are in (gasp!) third place as of the morning of May 5. Do we expect a real race from either of these teams?Well...
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May 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Dodgers April in review: Not bad despite injuries and underperformers

One month in to the 2014 season, the Dodgers are doing fairly well, but not as good as might have been hoped. Some health/regression things that could very well have gone wrong have not. A few things are even going much better than expected. A 15-12 record is OK, that's a 90-win pace, but it's been against a weaker stretch of the schedule.The under-performance is explainable by...
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May 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Alex Guerrero, Joc Pederson might force Dodgers' hand for promotion

Los Angeles Dodger history is littered with the dried-out husks of never-beens who dominated Albuquerque, but in principle you get to the bigs by putting up video game numbers in Triple-A. If you're a AAA all-star, that's nice. You've got a solid little .900 OPS in AAA, good for you. Unless your team has a need at your spot, that doesn't get you anywhere.Well, the Dodgers have...
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April 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Jansen vs. Cabrera showdown sparks memory of Gagne vs. Bonds

In the top of the ninth, with a 2-1 lead, a man on second, and one out, the Dodgers on Tuesday night elected to have Kenley Jansen pitch to Miguel Cabrera instead of walking him. I don't know about you, but Victor Martinez with men on first and second sounds like a more survivable situation than Cabrera with man on second.Jansen is about the best there is right now, but so is...
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April 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Dodgers 6, Giants 2: Kemp and Hanley mash, Zack Greinke excels

Welcome back, Beast Mode.Matt Kemp hit his first two homers of 2014 and continued to look excellent at the dish. The Bison drove in three and has looked like The Bison of old through three games while displaying good command of the strike zone.Hanley Ramirez also homered twice in his breakout game of the young season, driving in a pair and adding a double in the process. Zack Greinke...
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April 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Looking, statistically, at the Dodgers' potential outfield platoons

The first day Don Mattingly got the chance to deal with the four outfielder situation, a tough lefty was on the mound and he actually sat Andre Ethier and Carl Crawford. It was kind of obvious to sit one or the other so Matt Kemp and Yasiel Puig could play. But going the extra step and playing Scott Van Slyke in left field was a surprising move.If you take a look at each player's...
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April 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Dodgers' early injuries are worrisome, but they're still the class of the West

One of the few things that could derail the Dodgers this year is injuries. Wouldn't you know it, the season is a week old and we're already hearing Clayton Kershaw and Brian Wilson may miss significant time. Wilson has a common (1-in-5) side effect of Tommy John Surgery, where he's experiencing nerve irritation. Best case, he comes back after a few weeks of rest and medication...
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April 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Dodgers 3, Padres 2: Yasiel Puig disrespects San Diego with a Monster homer

The Dodgers moved to 3-1 on the young season with a win over the Padres behind Puig's bat and Zack Greinke's solid season debut.Puig hit his first home run of the season, a 2-run bomb to left. It was so, so disrespectful. He also singled.Juan Uribe had his second 3-hit game of the season as he doubled once and singled twice.Greinke threw five innings of two-run ball, allowing four...
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April 02, 2014  |  Discuss
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